This fan base is the best in baseball hands down, given the annual attendance relative to market size. There is a sense of entitlement with some of the chat regulars, but that is not reflective of the larger group.
It's funny, the Mets owe their late surge to some old school hitting instruction that stressed hitting liners to all fields and deemphasized launch angle. Maybe the way the Cardinals can regain their edge is to go back in time, not invent something new.
No, we'll know more as we get closer to camp.
Yeah, pretty much. DeWitt believed he invested a good amount in this team and he doesn't sense massive unrest in the marketplace. The investment was made up front. The Cardinals have made big trades for Ozuna and Goldschmidt. The franchise added Miller in free agency has locked in player after player to a long-term deal. We all agree that adding Keuchel at that price would have made sense. Otherwise, the biggest issue with this team was not how much was invested in talent, but how it was invested. There are pretty big dollars going to subpar producers.
Yeah, these people need to follow the Reds for a while to gain perspective. Or the Pirates.
I agree that there is imbalance between the divisions, but I do see Vancouver and Arizona making things more respectable out there. I can live with the 5/3 compromise on playoffs.
At this point I do see the team getting into the bracket, given the value they are getting from Ozuna and Molina back in the lineup, Bader's improvement, Edman's contribution and so forth. I wonder if they have enough pitching to outlast the Cubs for the division title. They are going to need some help from the Brewers to get there.
The Blues have enough trouble avoiding red ink in this market size. Owning a minor league team would make it even harder to prosper.
If the team re-ups Ozuna, I'm sure he will have some no-trade protection there. So I would sign him, hope that all the other outfielders develop as well and then try to make a good trade (not a bad one, like before) with the surplus.
I can't answer this question. I have never heard that. Based on some of the terrible replay rulings, I wonder if they have had fewer looks, not more.
Right now I see Edman for what he is, a lively utility guy. I want power at third base, so long term that job goes to Nolan Gorman if he can handle it defensively. Bader has power at shortstop, so that leaves Edman trying to beat out Wong for everyday work at second -- and right now Wong is the better player. Maybe he could play center field some day, since that remains unsettled.
Criticizing certain moves is fine. We've all done that. Suggesting that DeWitt is bad owner who doesn't care is stupid. He invested a ton into this team when A-B refused to. This franchise was moribund when he bought it. A long string of winning seasons, division titles, pennants and World championships followed.
Kyrou is the big upside guy. He could be at least as good as Thomas was last year if he can take the final steps and fit in.
You would need to be convinced that Gorman can't possible play third base to make that move. Also, you would have to be convinced that Carpenter is finished as an everyday player and that Edman can't hold up offensively as his stopgap. So that's a lot of convincing.
I can remember coming to Busch Stadium on a Sunday afternoon in the late 70s and seeing tiny crowds. Whitey revived the franchise, then DeWitt and Co. kept it from eroding again.
Um . . . the Cardinals are in first place as Labor Day nears. They will extend their streak of winning seasons this year and they will likely reach the postseason. Oh, the horror!
The Cardinals are in first place. They have the fourth-most victories in the league. Maybe they collapse in September, maybe they will keep winning. While some fans are outraged by DeWitt's expressed goal -- to contend every single year -- I believe he has reason to sleep well at night.
Why would the Blues trade a key player from their Stanley Cup team? There are no unrestricted free agents better than him available at his salary slot.
I can see him getting another shot in spring training, sure.
That I will watch maybe 20 minutes of it all season.